Young people’s lives in the #MeToo era: Sexual relationships, violence and harm
A cross-cultural project exploring young people’s perspectives on #MeToo and equivalent movements in different cultural contexts, and the ways in which such movements are shaping and impacting upon their knowledge and attitudes about sexual relationships, violence and harm.
Start date1 July 2020
Funding sourceUniversity of Surrey and the University of Wollongong
Fee waiver and £15,000/$AU 28,092 stipend paid from either the University of Surrey or the University of Wollongong, depending on which University you choose to start your degree at.
The University of Surrey and the University of Wollongong are advertising the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) studentship joint-dual degree scheme, where you can study for a PhD at both universities while receiving a generous fee waiver and stipend. The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey and the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong are welcoming applicants for a project exploring young people’s lives in the #MeToo era. Movements like #MeToo have had undeniable impacts on narratives surrounding sexual relationships, violence and harm, and have spurred ongoing forms of action and activism around the world. Young people are at the forefront of both these impacts and efforts. The studentship will take a qualitative approach to exploring young people’s perspectives on these movements, from a cross-cultural perspective. Not only will the studentship involve analysis of the UK and Australian context, but also the Brazilian context which has its own particular forms and realities of these movements (e.g. #MyFirstHarassment).
The research aims for the studentship are as follows:
- To explore young people’s (varied) perspectives on the nature, meaning and impact of movements like #MeToo across the UK, Australian and Brazilian cultural contexts;
- To explore the youth-involved/led action and activism related to these movements across the different cultural contexts;
- To explore the impact these movements have had on young people’s knowledge and attitudes about sexual relationships, violence and harm, and on respectful relationships education in schools and other contexts; and,
- To explore ways of working with young people to harness and capitalise upon the potential for these movements to generate positive, progressive change in young people’s sexual and relational cultures.
The last aim is of particular importance. The overarching objective of the studentship is to identify policy and practice responses that utilise the narratives underpinning movements like #MeToo to address sexual violence and harm among young people, based upon a cross-cultural analysis of young people’s perspectives and experiences relating to these issues. These responses may span activism through to formal education and interventions. A cross-cultural approach is intended to generate innovative insights into effective policy and practice and an understanding of the needs and perspectives of differently-situated youth with the view to engendering an inclusive, intersectional approach to understanding the role of the movements in young people’s lives. The studentship also has the potential to make a positive contribution through the use of innovative methodologies, for example, internet-mediated research, creative visual methods and participatory approaches.
The studentship will be supervised by Dr Setty, in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, and Dr Loney-Howes, in the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong, are welcoming applicants interested in undertaking a PhD . Both are interdisciplinary criminologists with expertise in qualitative research methods that explore young people’s negotiations of sexual relationships, violence and harm, with a particular focus on the role digital media plays in shaping their social interactions and knowledge building. Dr Setty’s research has primarily explored the ways in which young people negotiate risk, harm and pleasure within sexting cultures. Dr Loney-Howes’ work has examined the role that digital media plays in anti-rape activism.
Applicants must have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. Criminology, Sociology, Psychology) or another related discipline (e.g. Law, Politics).
This studentship is eligible to all students worldwide. You will have to meet the individual eligibility requirements for the research courses to be eligible for this studentship.
All candidates must be able to commence their study at the University of Wollongong for July 2020 entry.
English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit three applications to be considered for funding under the UGPN joint-dual degree scheme between the University of Surrey and the University of Wollongong: an online application for a place on both a Surrey and Wollongong PhD course and a funding application form.
Please follow the three-stage process below to help you prepare and submit your application.
Identify and speak to a supervisor
Apply for a place on a PhD course
Please make sure you indicate on your application that you are applying for the Young people’s lives in the #MeToo era: Sexual relationships, violence and harm studentship
Complete a funding application form
In addition to applying for a place on a postgraduate research course, you will also need to complete an application form (docx). The application form should be completed by the applicant in conjunction with their proposed supervisors. Please also refer to the guidance notes (docx) which will assist you in filling in the application form.
Application forms will need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm GMT on 3 April 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
Your application for a postgraduate research course, both at Surrey and Wollongong, and your studentship application must be submitted by 11:59pm GMT 3 April 2020.
Dr Rachel Loney-Howes
Lecturer in Criminology
University of Wollongong